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“There is no sadness, no pain, no fear of death because death is as great an illusion as life. She is stardust, pressed together by the random interactions of innumerable quanta, a natural phenomenon that has taken on a brief period of self-awareness, a slowness in the tumbledown rush of an exploding universe,”
Patrice Fitzgerald, Best of Beyond the Stars
“It will be there forever, embedded in the ghostly echoes of a tapestry of light that sometimes freezes long enough to forget what it is and become convinced of its own importance.”
Patrice Fitzgerald, Best of Beyond the Stars
“A small collection of limbs controlled by a flawed organic processor, prone to disease and age and death, constantly impaired by hormonal reactions and emotional drives, reliant upon chemical fuel and vulnerable to every form of cosmic radiation.”
Patrice Fitzgerald, Best of Beyond the Stars
“Eventually she’d come to contemplate suicide. It was an unspeakable act, but the taboo against suicide was predicated upon one’s usefulness to society‌—‌one’s duty to others. So what did it matter now? Who would censure her or threaten her with reconditioning if she dared have such dark thoughts?”
Patrice Fitzgerald, Best of Beyond the Stars
“money doesn’t buy happiness, but poverty doesn’t buy anything”
Patrice Fitzgerald, Best of Beyond the Stars
“Suicide doesn’t end pain,” she said. “It just gives it to everyone else. When we die, the only thing we leave behind is the joy we give to others. I don’t want my legacy to be distilled suffering.”
Patrice Fitzgerald, Best of Beyond the Stars
“Survival in a shithole like this? Turned good men ugly, and decent people hard.”
Patrice Fitzgerald, Best of Beyond the Stars